Title: Crazy for God: How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Help Found The Religious Right, And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back
Author: Frank Schaeffer
Publisher: DaCapo Press
Reviewer: W. H. McDonald, Jr. – AAA Founder
A Story that Needed to be Told!
I first read Frank Schaeffer's book "Baby Jack The Novel" and felt it was a brilliant story and well written. I never realized that this author was also the same guy who was one of those fundamentalist leaders who helped marry the religious right to the GOP. In his newest book "Crazy for God" the author writes a very personal and brutally honest memoir, that opens up and exposes the underbelly of the evangelistic movement; where he was a big mover and shaker in that Christian community.
His book takes us on an emotional journey with his dysfunctional family. He shares what it was like growing up in a community in Switzerland founded by his evangelical parents. His father was a leader in that religious community and it seemed to be his predetermined destiny that he would follow that same route himself. The book is so full of side stories and insights on his earlier life that the book almost comes across as a novel.
His story is fascinating and full of authentic introspection - almost too honestly written. The author leaves himself totally exposed with all his warts and blemishes. He gives the reader a rare and different look at some of various leaders of the fundamentalist moment, like Jerry Farwell, and Pat Robertson. The book may open some eyes and minds about the dangers of politics and religion; but for those who are deeply into the faith, I think they may not be too impressed by the author’s concerns. Personally, I found this book fascinating on many different levels- politics, religion, family, sex, social relationships, power and the ever present egos.
The book is as much
about family life, as it is about religion and belief systems. In the end, one
comes away believing that the author is still evolving and seeking answers. His
quest seems much more open and honest then it ever was in his earlier life. I
learned a lot about the author that I liked and it only deepens my appreciation
and respect for him even more as a novelist today.
A FIVE STAR BOOK RATING!
Visit the authors website at: www.frankschaeffer.com